Written by: Greg Ellifritz
A few months ago, Mark Keller from B5 Systems sent me a couple of AR-15 stocks to test and evaluate. I put them on two of my carbines and I have been shooting as much as possible since I got them. I’ve given them a good workout and I’m very pleased with their performance.
Mark sent samples of both of the stocks his company makes. The Bravo SOPMOD is their base model. It offers an amazing cheek weld and tremendous durability at an exceptional price (under $60).
The Enhanced SOPMOD has basically the same profile but integrates two compartments to carry batteries for optics or flashlights. Both stocks offer multiple sling attachment points and come in a variety of different colors.
I put the Bravo on an AR-15 that I use for longer range shooting. It is the only AR I own that has a magnified optic. The Bravo stock proved ideal. With the scope, I didn’t need any space for extra batteries and I valued the lighter weight stock for shooting in positions other than prone. The Bravo created an excellent, comfortable cheek weld and placed my eye perfectly behind the scope without any adjustment. The rubber recoil pad was tacky enough that the rifle butt didn’t move on recoil, but not so sticky that it prevented quick snap shots from the ready position.
I placed the Enhanced SOPMOD on a different AR-15 that has both a light and an optic which require batteries. The stock had the same comfortable cheek weld and excellent ergonomics. The retail price for this model is around $100.
Unlike similar designs, the Enhanced SOPMOD battery compartments contain removable tubes to hold the batteries securely. The tubes keep the batteries from rattling and also allow them to be removed without turning the rifle upside down or placing it at a strange angle. This design should make for safer shooting because the shooter can remove the batteries without angling the muzzle in an unsafe direction.
Both stocks are excellent and highly recommended. I plan on keeping them on my rifles. I’ll pass the Magpul furniture that they replaced down to some other AR-15s in my collection that see a little less action.
If you are in the market for a new stock for your AR-15, I don’t think you can go wrong with either of the B5 Systems models. For the combination of low price and excellent features, they can’t be beat.
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